Just days after Americans celebrated the unofficial start of summer, Walmart is already making plans for Thanksgiving.
For the second straight year, Walmart stores across the United States will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 25. The retailer said the decision was made to thank its associates for their continued hard work during the pandemic.
“Throughout the pandemic, our associates have been nothing short of heroic in how they have stepped up to serve our customers and their communities,” said Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. “Closing our stores on Thanksgiving Day is one way we’re saying ‘thank you’ to our teams for their dedication and hard work this year. We hope everyone will take the opportunity to be with their loved ones during what’s always a special time.”
Walmart stores will operate regular posted hours on Wednesday, November 24. Information about store hours for Friday, November 26, will be announced at a later date.
In 2020, a number of leading retailers chose to close their stores on Thanksgiving. This bucked a trend seen for a number of years whereby retailers opened their doors on Thanksgiving and enticed shoppers with deals that rivaled traditional Black Friday sales.
While retail doors may have been shut for one of the nation’s most popular holidays, the websites for all were active with a host of deals that allowed consumers to shop from the comfort of home.
It will be interesting to watch if other retailers follow Walmart’s lead and choose to keep their stores closed for Thanksgiving.